The most popular event in the US was the US presidential election, which pitted incumbent Barack Obama against his Republican rival Mitt Romney. It was a victory for Obama, who was reelected for another four years in office. The election took the top spot from Super Bowl XLVI.
Other top events included:
- Death of Whitney Houston, No. 3
- Superstorm Sandy, No. 4
- London 2012 Olympics, No. 5
- Aurora Shootings, No. 8
- Obama's Endorsement of Gay Marriage, No. 10